How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America Setting & Symbolism

Kiese Laymon
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Mississippi

Mississippi is where most of the events of Laymon's childhood and young adult life took place. Laymon was raised in Mississippi and is where his "Southern Black Boy" identity was formed. Througout the collection, Laymon describes that not only was his identity was formed in Mississippi, but many of his ideas regarding race were as well, including his views on white Americans discussed in "The Worst of White Folks."

Millsaps College

Millsaps College is where much of the events of "How to Kill Yourself and Others in America" took place. Millsaps is the college Laymon was suspended from due to the content of his newspaper articles. Through the events of the essay, Laymon implies that Millsaps is a rather racist institution and alludes to the idea that he was suspended differently than the white students due to his race.

Oberlin College

Laymon attended Oberlin after the events...

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